Thinking Your Way to Freedom: A Guide to Owning Your Own Practical Reasoning

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Thinking Your Way to Freedom is a critical-thinking textbook with a difference. Rather than focusing exclusively on improving college students' academic achievement, Susan Gardner seeks to dramatically change how students think through issues that are important in their lives beyond school. Gardner includes 66 original and entertaining comic strips - featuring her dogs, Diva and Bennie - that add a light touch as they encourage intellectual and personal autonomy. Through a clear, step-by-step method of practical reasoning, students are taught how to think impartially and how to neutralize invisible biases that limit their freedom of thought and action. With the help of Diva and Bennie, readers learn to evaluate the strengths of arguments and to recognize fallacies, all the while avoiding the paralyzing effects of relativism.
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“Freedom is a key philosophical idea that is taken seriously in this book. Importantly, freedom is also an idea that is intrinsically interesting to students. The author pulls students into the text by inviting them to view their own status as free agents and as critical thinkers.”
Richard (Mort) Morehouse, Viterbo University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592138678
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan T. Gardner is Professor of Philosophy at Capilano University in North Vancouver, Canada.

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Table of Contents

List of Comics 

Part I: Theory 
Section 1. The Possibility of Freedom 
Section 2. Impartial Thinking

Part II: Practice 
Section 1. Learning the Intricacies of Practical Reasoning 
Section 2. Thinking and Writing Your Way to Truth

Appendix I: Answers to Exercises 
Appendix II: Analyzing Atguements 
Appendix III: Examples of Good Arguments 
Appendix IV: What "Good" and "Poor" Thinkers Look Like 
Appendix V: Answers to Pre-tests and Post-tests 

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